Sir John Fenwick’s The Flower Amang Them A’ waltz

Also known as Flower Amang Them A’, Flower Among Them All, Flower Amoung Them All, John Fenwick’s The Flower Among Them, Mary Scott, Mary Scott, Flower Of Yarrow, Mary Scott, Queen Of Yarrow, Sir John Fenwick’s The Floo’er Amang Them A’, Sir John Fenwick’s The Flower Amang Them, Sir John Fenwick’s The Flower Amang Them All, Sir John Fenwick’s The Flower Among Them All, Sir John Fenwick, The Flower Among Them All.

There are 8 recordings of a tune by this name.

Sir John Fenwick’s The Flower Amang Them A’ has been added to 1 tune set.

Sir John Fenwick's The Flower Amang Them A' has been added to 52 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: Sir John Fenwick's The Flower Amang Them A'
R: waltz
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
G3 A BC|d2 de fg|d2 de fg|ed cB AG|
A2 AB cd|e2 e2 g2|e2 e2 g2|e4 d2|
G2 GA Bc|d2 e2 g2|d2 e2 g2|ed cB AG|
c2 dc BA|B2 cB AG|A2 B2 d2|e4 d2||
g2 G2 B2|g2 G2 B2|g2 G2 g2|ed cB AG|
a2 A2 c2|a2 A2 c2|a2 A2 a2|e4 d2|
g2 G2 B2|g2 G2 B2|g2 G2 g2|ed cB AG|
c2 dc BA|B2 cB AG| A2 B2 d2|e4 d2||
X: 2
T: Sir John Fenwick's The Flower Amang Them A'
R: waltz
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
| D2 DE FG | A2 AB d2 | A2 AB d2 | BA GF ED |
| E2 EF GA | B2 Bc d2 | B2 Bc d2 | B4 A2 |
| D2 DE FG | A2 AB d2 | A2 AB d2 | BA GF EF |
| G2 AG FE | F2 GF ED | E2 F2 A2 | B4 A2 :|
| d2 D2 d2 | d2 D2 d2 | d2 D2 d2 | BA GF ED |
| e2 E2 e2 | e2 E2 e2 | e2 E2 e2 | dc BA Bc |
| d2 D2 d2 | d2 D2 d2 | d2 D2 d2 | BA GF EF |
| G2 AG FE | F2 GF ED | E2 F2 A2 | B4 A2 :|

Seven comments

Sir John Fenwick’s The Flower Amang Them A’

This is a well-known air in Northumbrian music circles, a moderately-paced listening piece. I don’t know whether its origins are in NE England or elsewhere; nor do I know who Sir John Fenwick was, though the name’s Northumbrian. It was recorded in the early years of the folk revival by The High Level Ranters and also Horslips; Kathryn Tickell and no doubt others have recorded it since. It’s a natural on the harp, and wouldn’t be out of place among Carolan’s tunes (there are one or two other Northumbrian airs that could just as easily have been Irish, by the sound of them).

Sir John Fenwick’s The Flower Amang Them A’

The C in the first bar of the sheet music is meant to be high, not low.

The Horslips setting

the Horslips played a version of this on their first album. it was one of the first tunes i thought myself on the whistle and still one of my faves but it goes more like this

X: 1
T: Flower Amoung Them All
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
R: waltz
K: Dmaj
| D2 DE FG | A2 AB d2 | A2 AB d2 | BA GF ED |
| E2 EF GA | B2 Bc d2 | B2 Bc d2 | B4 A2 |
| D2 DE FG | A2 AB d2 | A2 AB d2 | BA GF EF |
| G2 AG FE | F2 GF ED | E2 F2 A2 | B4 A2 :|
| d2 D2 d2 | d2 D2 d2 | d2 D2 d2 | BA GF ED |
| e2 E2 e2 | e2 E2 e2 | e2 E2 e2 | dc BA Bc |
| d2 D2 d2 | d2 D2 d2 | d2 D2 d2 | BA GF EF |
| G2 AG FE | F2 GF ED | E2 F2 A2 | B4 A2 :|

Sir John Fenwick was a Northumbrian Jacobite nobleman who lived for some of his life at Wallington Hall. Born around 1645, he was executed in 1697 for plotting against King William III.

Some more history

Guitarist Paul Newman adds another anecdote about the history of the tune when he introduces it.

There were apparently words to go with this tune and people were executed for singing the song.

Re: Sir John Fenwick’s The Flower Amang Them A’

he was a Jacobite conspirator - member of parliament for Northumberland, supporter of James II and beheaded for conspiring against William and Mary…sometime in the last decade of the 17th century. Presumably related to the Fenwicks who created the regional department store of the same name. Nancy Kerr plays it…and one Kathryn Tickell - obviously :) - oh I just saw Nicholas already got there ..1697 it is